Someone paid $28 million to travel to space with Jeff Bezos

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The traveler beat about 20 rivals in an auction that began on May 19 and whose last 10 minutes were broadcast on television.

The traveler beat about 20 rivals in an auction that began on May 19 and whose last 10 minutes were broadcast on television.

An unidentified bidder paid $28 million at an auction on Saturday to accompany Jeff Bezos and his brother on the Blue Origin company’s first manned space flight next month.

The Amazon founder revealed this week that he and his brother Mark will be aboard the New Shepard on July 20 in a journey of just 10 minutes.

They will be joined by the winner of Saturday’s charity auction, whose identity will be revealed in the coming weeks, and a fourth space tourist, yet to be finalized, according to Blue Origin sales director Ariane Cornell.

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The third traveler beat some 20 rivals in an auction that began on May 19 and the last 10 minutes of which were broadcast on television. Bids reached $4.8 million on Thursday but skyrocketed in the final live auction with increases of $1 million.

The proceeds, in addition to the 6% commission left by the auctioneer, will go to the Blue Origin foundation, Club for the Future, which aims to inspire future generations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and science. math.

The New Shepard will take off from a desert in West Texas. Then the capsule in which the passengers are traveling will separate from the thruster and reach beyond the Karman line, about 100 kilometers high, which marks the recognized boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.

Of the 10 minutes that the trip lasts, travelers will spend four in space, where they can feel weightless and observe the curvature of the Earth from space.

The propellant will land autonomously on a platform three kilometers from the launch site, while three parachutes will slow the fall of the capsule, which lands at a speed of 1.6 kilometers per hour.

Bezos, who announced earlier this year that he will be stepping down as Amazon’s CEO to devote more time to other projects, including Blue Origin, has said flying into space has been a lifelong dream.

Blue Origin carried out a dozen successful tests with the New Shepard, albeit all unmanned, from its facilities in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas.

The reusable suborbital rocket system was named after Alan Shepard, the first American to reach space, 60 years ago. The automated pilotless pods have six seats with horizontal backs positioned next to large portholes.

Multiple cameras will help immortalize the few minutes that space tourists will experience weightlessness in space.